Latest Weapons laws and regulations News

Trump: Again open to strengthening gun background checks

Aug. 21, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday once again backed tighter background checks for gun purchases, but said he wants to be careful that closing what he calls "loopholes" doesn't clear the way for more gun control. Speaking to reporters as he departed the White House for Kentucky, the...

Bullock tries to find middle ground on guns

Aug. 17, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

As a Democratic politician in deep-red Montana, Steve Bullock has long searched for a middle ground on guns. Now a presidential candidate in a party pushing hard for new gun-control laws, he still is. While many of his Democratic opponents go all-in on new proposals for restricting guns, responding to the latest...

Ahead of gun meeting, Virginia AG weighs in on militias

Aug. 16, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says heavily armed private militias could be in violation of state law if they mimic police functions like crowd control. Herring's advisory opinion comes just days before lawmakers discuss gun laws at a Capitol meeting in what's expected to be a...

Lawsuit challenges California's assault weapons ban

Aug. 15, 2019 10:36 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A gun-rights group sued Thursday to block California from enforcing its assault weapons ban, contending it violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The lawsuit was the latest among gun advocacy and lobbying groups to challenge California's firearms laws, which are among the...

NJ attorney general issues gun protective order directive

Aug. 15, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's attorney general has issued a directive to the state's police officers on how to implement a recent law aimed at reducing gun violence. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in a statement Thursday that the 21-page directive shows the state is "leading the way" on...

Evers, Wisconsin Democrats propose gun background check bill

Aug. 15, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and Democratic lawmakers on Thursday proposed an expansion of background checks for gun sales in the state and called on Republicans who control the Legislature to pass the measure, even though GOP leaders have said they don't support such a move. "It's time...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Aug. 15, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Learning the hard way: China is slow to understand Trump on trade Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Aug. 13 Sooner or later, China will get it. President Donald Trump last week threatened to impose another round of tariffs on Chinese...

Blumenthal says deal on bipartisan 'red flag' draft is near

Aug. 14, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says a draft of proposed, bipartisan federal legislation he's working on with Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham that would encourage states to adopt "red flag" protection order laws to remove guns from dangerous people is nearly finished. The Democrat...

Modesto city council approves law banning weapons at rallies

Aug. 14, 2019 1:38 PM EDT

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — The central California city of Modesto has banned firearms, glass bottles, baseball bats and other items that can be used as weapons at rallies and protests. The Modesto City Council approved the ordinance Tuesday that also prohibits participants wear masks or anything that hides...

Vermont governor wants Congress to act on gun safety

Aug. 14, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Republican Gov. Phil Scott says he wants Congress to act on gun safety measures. Scott said Wednesday, more than a week after back-to-back mass shootings in Ohio and Texas, that he would like Congress to consider so-called red flag legislation and act on expanding federal background...